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The 12 worst ideas religion has unleashed on the world. Son of a bigot. Healthy Perspective: The latest health & wellness news with a dose of conversation. Your Friday morning health roundup: The U.S. health care system wastes $750 billion a year, says a new report from the Institute of Medicine.By KAREN BLEIER, AFP/Getty ImagesHealth care waste: The U.S. health care system wastes $750 billion a year on unneeded care, useless paperwork, fraud and other failures and could make changes that would both save money and improve health, says a report from the Institute of Medicine.

Healthy Perspective: The latest health & wellness news with a dose of conversation

The bluntly worded report says that if banks ran like the health system, ATM transactions would take days and that if airlines ran like the health system, pilots could design their own pre-flight safety checks or not do them at all. (Associated Press) Red wine surprise: The idea that you can drink your way to heart health takes a hit from a new study -- at least if your idea of drinking involves alcohol. The study found men were more likely to see modest improvements in blood pressure when they drank non-alcoholic red wine than when they drank the harder stuff. All the Single Ladies. The noxious “legitimate rape” comment by Todd Akin, Missouri congressman and Senate candidate, has me once again pondering a simple question: Why do any women vote Republican?

All the Single Ladies

How to suck at your religion. Pope Francis says Big Bang theory does not contradict role of God. VATICAN CITY Tue Oct 28, 2014 2:48pm EDT VATICAN CITY (Reuters) - Scientific theories including the "Big Bang" believed to have brought the universe into being 13.7 billion years ago and the idea that life developed through a process of evolution do not conflict with Catholic teaching, Pope Francis said on Tuesday.

Pope Francis says Big Bang theory does not contradict role of God

Atheist's View On Life Could Make Anyone Cry. 4 Minutes In, The Interviewer Almost Gets Choked Up. Terry Gross: I think having friends who die, getting older, getting closer toward the end of a life tests people's faith, and it also tests people's atheism.

Atheist's View On Life Could Make Anyone Cry. 4 Minutes In, The Interviewer Almost Gets Choked Up.

Atheists Face Discrimination On A Shocking Level (INFOGRAPHIC) Ghanaian cardinal Peter Kodwo Appiah Turkson attends a mass at the St Peter's basilica on March 12, 2013 at the Vatican.

Atheists Face Discrimination On A Shocking Level (INFOGRAPHIC)

Cardinals moved into the Vatican today as the suspense mounted ahead of a secret papal election with no clear frontrunner to steer the Catholic world through troubled waters after Benedict XVI's historic resignation.The 115 cardinal electors who pick the next leader of 1.2 billion Catholics in a conclave in the Sistine Chapel will live inside the Vatican walls completely cut off from the outside world until they have made their choice. In this photo taken on Thursday, July 18, 2013, Hauwa Jubril, a muslim girl sit outside a shop in Obalende, Lagos, Nigeria. It’s okay to marry a Republican or Democrat, just not an atheist. When you're bringing that special person home to meet the family, remember this: it's God, not politics, that families will judge them on.

It’s okay to marry a Republican or Democrat, just not an atheist

Heaven is for neuroscience: How the brain creates visions of God. For most of recorded history, human beings situated the mind — and by extension the soul — not within the brain but within the heart.

Heaven is for neuroscience: How the brain creates visions of God

When preparing mummies for the afterlife, for instance, ancient Egyptian priests removed the heart in one piece and preserved it in a ceremonial jar; in contrast, they scraped out the brain through the nostrils with iron hooks, tossed it aside for animals, and filled the empty skull with sawdust or resin. (This wasn’t a snarky commentary on their politicians, either—they considered everyone’s brain useless.) Most Greek thinkers also elevated the heart to the body’s summa. Apollonius of Tyana. Apollonius of Tyana (Ancient Greek: Ἀπολλώνιος ὁ Τυανεύς; c. 15 – c. 100 CE[2]) was a Greek Neopythagorean philosopher from the town of Tyana in the Roman province of Cappadocia in Asia Minor.

Apollonius of Tyana

Little is known about him with certainty. Being a 1st-century orator and philosopher around the time of Christ, he was compared with Jesus of Nazareth by Christians in the 4th century[3] and by various popular writers in modern times. Life dates[edit] The problem I have with religion version 2.0.

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Is The Internet Killing Religion In America? Brain Activity Shows Basis of Near-Death 'Light' There may be a scientific explanation for the vivid near-death experiences, such as seeing a shining light, that some people report after surviving a heart attack, US scientists said Monday.

Brain Activity Shows Basis of Near-Death 'Light'

Apparently, the brain keeps on working for up to 30 seconds after blood flow stops, according to a study published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. Train kills 37 pilgrims in eastern India. PATNA, India (AP) — A train ran over a group of Hindu pilgrims at a crowded station in eastern India early Monday, killing at least 37 people.

Train kills 37 pilgrims in eastern India

A mob infuriated by the deaths beat the driver severely and set fire to coaches, officials said. Researchers Aggregate 63 Studies and Find ‘Significant Negative Association Between Intelligence and Religiosity’ Pakistan's Malala, shot by Taliban, takes education plea to U.N. UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - Malala Yousafzai, the Pakistani girl who was shot in the head by the Taliban last year for demanding education for girls, marked her 16th birthday with a passionate speech at the United Nations on Friday in which she said education could change the world. "Let us pick up our books and pens. They are our most powerful weapons.

One child, one teacher, one pen and one book can change the world. Education is the only solution," said Yousafzai, speaking out for the first time since she was attacked. Wearing a pink head scarf, Yousafzai told U.N. Respecting religion. Religious Differences. Religion. Browse your computer drag and drop here Ctrl + V paste from your clipboard. This is a good analogy for religion. Browse your computer drag and drop here Ctrl + V paste from your clipboard. U6zu3Xs.jpg (806×704) The Skeptic's Annotated Bible (book) 8202471945_bf8862b0a6.jpg (500×400) It all makes sense now. R/atheism browse your computer drag and drop here Ctrl + V paste from your clipboard. Usury. 9D47l.jpg (720×453) L5UFn.jpg (720×360) How to suck at your religion. Faith leaders across England in 'HIV healing' claims. 24 September 2012Last updated at 01:14 ET By Andy Dangerfield BBC News, London Synagogue Church Of All Nations website shows videos of people it claims have been "cured" Dangerous cases of faith leaders who tell people with HIV to stop taking their life-saving drugs have been identified by African-led community groups in a number of locations across England.

Seven groups said there were instances of people being told by faith leaders they had been "healed" through prayer - and then pressured to stop taking antiretroviral medication, according to the charity African Health Policy Network (AHPN). 959eb.jpg (2560×1600) Boy Scouts of America membership controversies. The Boy Scouts of America (BSA), one of the largest private youth organizations in the United States, has policies which prohibit atheists, agnostics and, until January 2014, prohibited all "open or avowed" homosexuals from membership in its Scouting program.

Dude it is a square...I see what you did there! Browse your computer. Near Death Experiences. Religion riskier than porn for online viruses: study. When it comes to accepting evolution, gut feelings trump facts. COLUMBUS, Ohio – For students to accept the theory of evolution, an intuitive "gut feeling" may be just as important as understanding the facts, according to a new study. In an analysis of the beliefs of biology teachers, researchers found that a quick intuitive notion of how right an idea feels was a powerful driver of whether or not students accepted evolution—often trumping factors such as knowledge level or religion.

"The whole idea behind acceptance of evolution has been the assumption that if people understood it – if they really knew it – they would see the logic and accept it," said David Haury, co-author of the new study and associate professor of education at Ohio State University. EyJsg.jpg (JPEG Image, 540 × 720 pixels) ‘Personhood’ Agenda is Theocracy. World Publics Welcome Global Trade — But Not Immigration. 47-Nation Pew Global Attitudes Survey Overview. It's only a story.. Senate panel OKs creationism teaching bill. Explaining Radiometric Dating. Paul Brandeis Raushenbush: Leave Religion Out Of Michigan's Anti-Bullying Bill. Carlin on Religion. The Vatican claims Darwin's theory of evolution is compatible with Christianity. Fox and Friends. 559.jpg (JPEG Image, 850x557 pixels) The Scale of the Universe.

Praise the lard? Study links church to obesity - Health - Diet and nutrition. Fact-Checking The Church Of Scientology: Journalist Lawrence Wright. Was Darwin Wrong?